Israeli startup BreezoMeter, which offers an app that monitors air pollution, is the winner of the Kauffman Foundation’s 2014 StartUp Open.
The company has now been entered on the list of the World’s Top 50 Most Promising Startups, also known as the GEW50 and will compete on the global package of the competition prizes. It will also receive business and strategic consulting and get the opportunity to present its products to the international community during Global Entrepreneurship week in November 2014.
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As air quality becomes a greater concern to people all over the world, especially in places like Beijing, BreezoMeter lets its users breathe more easily both literally and figuratively. It warns people of what areas to avoid and where to go in the event of a bad air day.
BreezoMeter offers real time, location based, air pollution levels, together with personalized health recommendations on what you should do. The company states that it developed a unique algorithm which gathers and calculates real time air quality data down to the street level at the users exact location; while providing personalized recommendations as how to minimize your exposure to pollutants.
StartUp Open was originally launched as part of the Kauffman Foundation in 2010 and is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It is one of the world’s largest competitions for startup companies, boosting participation from over 30 countries.
The competition welcomes entrepreneurs from all over the world to share their business skills and gain global exposure to help startups develop their ideas.
According to Ran Korber (CEO) and Emil Fisher (CTO): “A real victory for BreezoMeter will be when people check air quality at their location like they check the weather. BreezoMeter just launched its wearable compatible App to enable users to monitor air quality around them in real time. And we are in discussions with major companies and other vertical markets to integrate BreezoMeter technology into their offerings.”
The Israel competition took place under the umbrella of “Global Entrepreneurship Week IL” in collaboration with Barnea & Co Law firm, Jerusalem Department of Authority (JNext), the MIT Enterprise Forum IL, Tze’irim BaMerkaz (Youth Center Jerusalem) and Made in Jerusalem.
The final competition was held at the Tze’irim BaMerkaz center in Jerusalem, in the presence of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, investment entities, startups, high-tech executives and an interested audience.